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Belews Lake

Belews Lake, NC

A reservoir lake created in 1973 by Duke Energy, Belews Lake stretches into Forsyth, Rockingham, and Stokes counties. The reservoir provides cooling water for Duke's Belews Creek Steam Station, one of the firm's coal-burning power plants, and was formed from Belews Creek, a tributary of the Dan River.The lake features two marinas.

Belews Lake reservoir power plant cooling recreation

This lake is unlike others managed by Duke Energy. There is no hydroelectric power generation at the rolled earth-fill dam. Two accesses are available: Piney Bluff on NC Highway 65 and Pine Hall on Pine Hall Road. The public may use the lake for boating, fishing, and water skiing.

Nestled in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains foothills, Belews Lake has 88 miles of shoreline, covering a total of 3,864 acres, and is neighbored by the towns of Belews Creek, Pine Hall, Stokesdale, and Walnut Cove. Average lake depth is 100 feet, and as high as 130 feet near the dam. Bass fishing is extremely popular, but other catches may include catfish, crappie, and panfish. Remnants of a selenium contamination between 1974 and 1984--with the fish consumption advisory lifted in late 2000--are the reason for signs around the lake recommending that only a single portion of fish from the waters be consumed in a week.

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Other recreation includes camping, hiking, paddling, speed boating, sail boating, and water sports. Nature lovers have a lot to see: loons are often seen in the coves, and sometimes a beaver may be spotted. In the late year, Canada geese nest on the lake.

Belews Lake and its environs lend themselves to overnight stays. One source is Carolina Marina. The unincorporated area of Belews Creek Township, which has had its own post office since 1831, is at the head of the lake.


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